The best way to understand Ball State senior linebacker Travis Freeman's football journey -- and his mission -- is to let Freeman's own words tell the story.
Talking and tackling are his specialties.
Tackles are an unofficial stat, but Freeman is unofficially the NCAA's active leader in career tackles with 432, 28 more than Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o. Also unofficial but important to Freeman is his role as an ambassador, a proud member of the fraternity of Cleveland Glenville High School graduates playing football at a higher level and paving the way for the next group, as well.
Freeman isn't going to be Glenville's next first-round NFL draft pick next spring. He probably won't be drafted at all, and he's fine with that. Besides helping Ball State finish what's been a successful season thus far on a high note, Freeman sees one of his top priorities as furthering what Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. has been doing for more than a decade, taking kids wh...